Faculty

Contact

Law School Annex 140-O
(206) 398-4412
badamson@seattleu.edu

Education

B.S./Ph.B., Miami University, 1985
M.A., Purdue University, 1987
J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1990

Specializations

Law Practice Management
Media Law and Policy
Predatory Lending Clinic

Bryan Adamson

Associate Professor of Law

Curriculum VitaePDF

Biography

Professor Bryan Adamson joined Seattle University School of Law (SU Law) as the Director of its Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic. During his tenure from 2002-2006, Bryan established a Predatory Lending Clinic, a Community Development and Entrepreneurship Clinic, and a Mortgage Mediation Practicum. He has also taught Civil Procedure, Law Practice Management, and Introduction to Practice. He currently teaches a Consumer Protection Clinic and Mass Media Law and Policy.

Before joining SU Law, Bryan was a faculty member with Case Western Reserve School of Law (Case Law) from 1995-2002. At Case Law, he taught primarily within its Civil Litigation and Administrative Law Clinics. Bryan also served four years as Case Law's Assistant Dean for Student Services, during which he established an Academic Enrichment Program and its first cultural competence education program for first-year students. Prior to Case Law, Bryan practiced as a litigation attorney for Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (now Squire Patton Boggs) working on media law, desegregation, securities, and oil royalty controversies. Bryan was also an Assistant Prosecutor with the Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) Prosecutor's Office Civil Division.

Professor Adamson, who received the Provost's Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors, is a national voice in clinical legal education. In 2015, received the prestigious William Pincus Award from the Association of American Law Schools. 

Since 2004, Professor Adamson has published more than 15 articles that demonstrate a diverse and interdisciplinary approach to scholarship on topics ranging from clinician status in the legal academy, civil rights through the lens of the judicial procedures, and how media institutions rationalize and reinforce racial hierarchies through narratives constructed around historically marginalized groups. He has brought his integrative and creative approach to bear in his courses and program designs, which tackle contemporary issues such as political protest and policing, mortgage foreclosure, and carceral debt.

Selected recent publications:

Tamir Rice and Grand Jury Pre-Indictment Publicity: Reconsidering Media Influence When #BlackLivesMatter, 8 Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law Review (forthcoming)
"Thugs," "Crooks," and "Rebellious Negroes,": Racist and Racialized Distortions in Media Coverage of Michael Brown and the Ferguson Demonstrations 32 Harv. J. on Racial & Ethnic Justice (forthcoming)

"Thugs," "Crooks," and "Rebellious Negroes,": Racist and Racialized Distortions in Media Coverage of Michael Brown and the Ferguson Demonstrations 32 Harv. J. on Racial & Ethnic Justice (forthcoming)

Publications

Tamir Rice and Grand Jury Pre-Indictment Publicity: Reconsidering Media Influence When #BlackLivesMatter, 8 Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law Review (forthcoming)
"Thugs," "Crooks," and "Rebellious Negroes,": Racist and Racialized Distortions in Media Coverage of Michael Brown and the Ferguson Demonstrations 32 Harv. J. on Racial & Ethnic Justice (forthcoming)

"Thugs," "Crooks," and "Rebellious Negroes,": Racist and Racialized Distortions in Media Coverage of Michael Brown and the Ferguson Demonstrations 32 Harv. J. on Racial & Ethnic Justice (forthcoming)

Can the Professor Come Out and Play? Scholarship, Teaching, and Theories of Play, Journal of Legal Education Vol. 5804 (2009) (with Marilyn Berger, Lisa Brodoff, Anne Enquist, Paula Lustbader, and John B. Mitchell).

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 52(a) as an Ideological Weapon?, __ FLA. ST. U. L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2007)

The Impact of School Funding Decisions on State Judges’ Elections and Appointments, book chapter in Our Promise: Achieving Educational Equity for America's Children (Carolina Academic Press) (forthcoming).

Rule 52(a) As An Ideological Weapon?, 34 Fla. State Univ. L. Rev. – (2007).

A Thousand Humiliations: What Brown Could Not Do, 9 St. Mary’s Law Rev. on Min. Issues – (Feb. 2007).

The H’aint In The (School) House: Brown v. Board of Education, Interest Convergence Re-contextualized, and Continuing the Struggle for Racial Justice, 43 Cal. Western L. Rev. 1 (Fall 2006)

All Facts Are Not Created Equal, 13 Temple Pol. & Civ. Rights L. Rev. 629 (2004)

Preparing our Students to Practice in the Age of Electronically-Based Information, The Lawyer, November 2004.

The Future Of Clinical Legal Education, The Lawyer, November 2004.

Law Students’ Undergraduate Major: Implications for Law School Academic Support Programs, 69 UMKC L. Rev. 533 (2001) (with Mark Graham).

Representing Clients with HIV/AIDS, In Brief (Alumni Periodical), September 1996.

Disability Trusts and Medicaid, Ohio Probate Law Journal, September/October 1994 (with William J. Day).

Direct Broadcast Satellite: A Proposal for a Global-regional System, 10 Comm. & L. 3 (1988) (with James C. Hsiung).